Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
2 Peter 1:20–2:3
Lots of Light
Depending on where you live in the Northern Hemisphere, today and tomorrow are probably the days with the most sunlight for the entire year. Where I live, there’s supposed to be fifteen hours and twenty minutes between sunrise and sunset today. I hope it’s not cloudy. I love the sun!
I do not love the darkness. I associate darkness with people being able to do things in secret. In the sunlight, things are out in the open, but in the dark, people can get away with more. When it comes to false religious teachers, I imagine that they like to operate secretly, in the dark, fabricating stories and denying the truth.
How can I know if a particular religious message is true or false? Shine a light on it! Compare it to what God has said in the Bible.
And how do I know that I can trust what is written in the Bible? One of the Bible writers, Peter, assures me that what is written in the Bible was not made up by human beings. Yes, human beings wrote down the words. But God made sure that every word was true. Peter says that he and the other Bible writers spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
I can’t beat that method of enlightenment. Peter and the other Bible writers have told me all about Jesus, the Son of God, my Savior. I love the Son!
Lord God, your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Amen.